We left Santiago yesterday on a very comfortable bus to the port city of Valpara√≠so, where I sit typing this over breakfast in our hostel. But we’ll be back to the capital a bit later this month or next. As a bustling metropolis of over 5 million people, there’s simply no way to see much of it in a few days. That said, we did our best, walking several kilometres each day to check out the urban downtown core, a few of the major museums, a bit of nightlife, and several excellent meals. The architecture is one of the highlights of the City, with fortified castles and crumbling 19th century mansions alongside art deco apartments, shiny skyscrapers, and everything in between. We spent our first night in Barrio Brazil, a casual and quiet district east of the downtown centre. Though we had our doubts about the neighbourhood while hiking past…Continue Reading